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Sponsored Programs

On December 7, 2006, Autism Speaks approved $10 million in research and fellowship grants. Click here to read more. On June 13, 2006, Autism Speaks approved $6.9 million in research grants. Click here to read more. 

Click here for a list of sponsored research by year. 


Pilot studies are critical to attracting larger, multi-year grants from the NIH and other traditional medical research funding organizations. Such groups fund projects only when preliminary data has been compiled that suggests additional research may result in breaking new ground in a particular area of study. To date, these pilot studies have been leveraged to attract nearly $70 million in large grants from the NIH and other sources.

Mentor-based fellowships provide the necessary resources to support and encourage the development of young scientists who benefit from the mentorship of prominent researchers. Our Mentor-Based Fellowship Program is designed to attract the best and brightest young investigators to the field of autism research. The inspiration for this program is simple: All around the country, both parents and researchers have come to realize the difficulty in finding experts in autism in both clinical and research settings. There are currently not enough specialists in autism. We believe its investment in autism research training will grow exponentially as many of its fellows later assume teaching roles and join departments around the country and the world, which currently have no representation in autism research.

Collaborative programs and scientific consortiums unite researchers working towards a common goal, whether it’s based in genetics, behavioral sciences, or another field of research. Autism Speaks supports collaborations and consortiums in autism research because autism spectrum disorders are very complex and continue to baffle the finest minds in research. In fact, many experts agree that a collaborative approach to autism research is the only way science will solve the mysteries of this devastating disorder.

The National Autism Project is a national online autism database that will serve as a shared resource to centralize registration of families and individuals with autism spectrum disorders and connect them with researchers, parents, and other individuals with autism throughout the country and the world. Autism Speaks is making an initial three-year commitment to the project, beginning with an award of $2,266,000 for the first year. Kennedy Krieger Institute, one of the nation’s leading treatment centers for autism and other developmental disorders, will develop the open, interactive database.


In addition to leveraging their NAAR-funded studies to earn larger autism research grants from the National Institutes of Health and other sources, researchers funded by NAAR have experienced significant success publishing their studies in numerous scientific journals. These publications play a key role in enhancing the scientific community’s understanding of autism spectrum disorders and elevating the caliber of the science. 

Autism Speaks is proud to present this partial list of articles that have resulted from NAAR-funded research from 1996 to 2007. NAAR-funded researchers are listed in bold

Select from the following links to review publications for that year:

2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003 | 2002 | 2001 | 2000 | 1999 | 1997/96

[Note: Links below go to the Web Archive}

Martins GM, Plachez C. and Powell EM(2007) “Loss of embryonic MET signaling alters profiles of hippocampal interneurons”; Dev. Neurosci., Vol. 29(1-2):143-582006

Bales KL and Carter CS (2006) “Development of Social Bonding: Peptides and Adolescent Behavior”, In: Adolescent Psychopathology and the Developing Brain Oxford University Press.

Casanova MF (2006) “Neuropathological and genetic findings in autism: the significance of putative minicolumnopathy” Neuroscientist12(5): 435-441. 

DiCicco-Bloom E, Lord, C, Zwaigenbaum L, Courchesne E, Dager SR; Schmitz C, Schultz RT, Crawley J, and Young LJ (2006) “The Developmental Neurobiology of Autism Spectrum Disorder”, The Journal of Neuroscience, 26(26):6897– 6906 

Fisher DA, Kivimäe S, Hoshino J, Suriben R, Martin P, Baxter N and Cheyette BN (2006) “Three Dact Gene Family Members are Expressed during Embryonic Development and in the Adult Brains of Mice”, Journal Developmental Dynamics, Vol. 235(9):2620-30 (Abstract)

Goldman S, Salgado, M, Wang, C, Kim M, Greene P and Rapin I (2006). Motor Stereotypies in Autistic versus Non-autistic Preschool Developmental Disability. 34th Annual meeting of the Child Neurology Society. Moderated poster session: Clinical Dx/Rx (M1-M10). Annals of Neurology, 58 (S9), p.S88-S90. 

Kliman H.J.; Volkmar FR; Chawarska K; Jacobs-Stannard A; AndersonGM (2006) “Placental Trophoblast Inclusions in Autism Spectrum Disorder,” Bio
logical Psychiatry ( Abstract , Press Release ) 

Jansiewicz E, Goldberg MC, Newschaffer CJ, Denckla MB, Landa RJ, and Mostofsky SH,(2006 Jul) “Motor signs distinguish children with high functioning autism and Asperger’s syndrome from controls.”; Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, Vol. 36(5):613-21

Lawrence K; Jones A; Oreland L; Spektor D; Mandy W; Campbell R; Skuse D(2006) “The Development of Mental State Attributions in Women with X-Monosomy and the Role of Monoamine Oxidase B in the Sociocognitive Phenotype” Development and Psychopathology. 18, 99-118.

Levin ED , C Perraut, N Pollard and Freedman, JH (2006). Metallothionein expression and neurocognitive function in mice. Physiology and Behavior, 87:513-518

Massaro DW & Bosseler A,(2006 Sep) “Read my Lips: The Importance of the Face in a Computer-Animated Tutor for Autistic Children Learning Language.”; Autism: The International Journal of Research and Practice., Vol. 10(5):495-510 

Mostofsky SH, Dubey P, Jerath VK, Jansiewicz EM, Goldberg MC, Denckla MB (2006). Developmental dyspraxia is not limited to imitation in children with autism spectrum disorders. J Int Neuropsychol Soc; 12, 314-326. 

Pericak-Vance MA.; Gilbert JR; Cuccaro ML; Haines JL; Hussman,J.P; Abramson, RK; Wright HH; Martin ER; Whitehead PL.; Ma D., and Collins AL (2006) “Investigation of autism and GABA receptor subunit genes in multiple ethnic groups,” Neurogenetics (AbstractPress Release ) 

Skuse D; Lawrence K; Tang,J (2006) “Measuring Social-Cognitive Functions in Children with Somatotrophic Axis Dysfunction”, European Journal of Endocrinology, 155 1-9 

Thioux M, Stark DE, Klaiman C and Schultz RT “The day of the week when you were born in 700 ms: Calendar computation in an autistic savant” Journal of Experimental Psycholology: Human Perception and Performance. 

Schellenberg GD; Dawson G; Sung. YJ;, Estes, A; JMunson, J; Rosenthal, E; Rothstein J; Flodman. P; Smith, M; Coon, H; Leong, L; Yu, C-E; Stodgell, C; Rodier, PM; Spence, MA; Minshew, N; McMahon, Wm. and Wijsman, EM(2006) “Evidence for multiple loci from a genome scan of autism kindreds” Molecular Psychiatry, 1 -12 

Visit National Library of Medicine’s PubMed service.


Autistic people have fought the inclusion of ABA in therapy for us since before Autism Speaks, and other non-Autistic-led autism organizations, started lobbying legislation to get it covered by insurances and Medicaid. 

ABA is a myth originally sold to parents that it would keep their Autistic child out of an institution. Today, parents are told that with early intervention therapy their child will either be less Autistic or no longer Autistic by elementary school, and can be mainstreamed in typical education classes. ABA is very expensive to pay out of pocket. Essentially, Autism Speaks has justified the big price tag up front will offset the overall burden on resources for an Autistic’s lifetime. The recommendation for this therapy is 40 hours a week for children and toddlers.

The original study that showed the success rate of ABA to be at 50% has never been replicated. In fact, the study of ABA by United States Department of Defense was denounced as a failure. Not just once, but multiple times. Simply stated: ABA doesn’t workIn study after repeated study: ABA (conversion therapy) doesn’t work. 

What more recent studies do show: Autistics who experienced ABA therapy are at high risk to develop PTSD and other lifelong trauma-related conditions. Historically, the autism organizations promoting ABA as a cure or solution have silenced Autistic advocates’ opposition. ABA is also known as gay conversion therapy.

The ‘cure’ for Autistics not born yet is the prevention of birth. 

The ‘cure’ is a choice to terminate a pregnancy based on ‘autism risk.’ The cure is abortion. This is the same ‘cure’ society has for Down Syndrome. 

This is eugenics 2021. Instead of killing Autistics and disabled children in gas chambers or ‘mercy killings’ like in Aktion T4, it’ll happen at the doctor’s office, quietly, one Autistic baby at a time. Different approaches yes, but still eugenics and the extinction of an entire minority group of people.

Fact: You can’t cure Autistics from being Autistic.

Fact: You can’t recover an Autistic from being Autistic.

Fact: You can groom an Autistic to mask and hide their traits. Somewhat. … however, this comes at the expense of the Autistic child, promotes Autistic Burnout (this should not be confused with typical burnout, Autistic Burnout can kill Autistics), and places the Autistic child at high risk for PTSD and other lifelong trauma-related conditions.

[Note: Autism is NOT a disease, but a neurodevelopmental difference and disability.]

Fact: Vaccines Do Not Cause Autism.

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